‘Get Them Dusty!’ That was the slogan behind an occasion held within the Steinbruch quarry close to Stuttgart a few weekends again. The promise of some superb traditional, and some modern vehicles in a very distinctive location meant I needed to go and verify ‘Dusty Rides’ out.
My journey began in Prague, very early within the morning. I had an enormous drive forward of me – 460km every manner – from the Czech Republic’s capital metropolis to southwest Germany, however I knew it could be price it. Felix Bauermeister and his HEIZR Membership crew at all times placed on nice occasions, and this one was billed as the most important of the 12 months.
The HEIZR Membership is closely concerned within the traditional automobile scene round Stuttgart, however what they obtain resonates proper all through Germany. HEIZR’s mission is to convey the enjoyment of vehicles to the youthful era, however as Felix has at all times stated, it’s concerning the individuals first.
After 5 and half hours behind the wheel of my 94′ Mercedes W140 coupé, I discovered myself within the coolest site visitors jam I’ve ever been as I drove as much as the Dusty Rides venue entrance.
The gorgeous Porsche 944 in entrance of me and the 993 RS behind made me really feel slightly misplaced – I used to be in my each day driver in any case – however that thought diminished the moment I parked up. There was a lot to soak up and shoot.
Typically talking, after I attend occasions with comparable vehicles to those who had been on present at Dusty Rides, most of them are introduced in on trailers. This was fully totally different; most vehicles arrived on the quarry having been pushed to the occasion. It was so refreshing to see.
After all, there are at all times exceptions to the rule, and while you’re speaking concerning the one and solely BMW X5 Le Mans Idea, it’s comprehensible. I’d beforehand solely ever seen pictures of this prototype, so seeing it in individual was slightly overwhelming.
As I made my manner across the quarry, nice compositions merely fell into my digicam’s viewfinder. The warms tones of the environment completely framed a few of the world’s most vital efficiency classics.
The factor that I love probably the most about HEIZR Membership gatherings is the standard of the vehicles and the people who convey them out. Over the previous couple of years, it’s felt just like the scene has began to turn out to be divided into niches and intoxicated by the TikTok tradition of tasteless builds. There’s none of that right here.
Felix is connecting individuals round vehicles, and when visiting a HEIZR Membership occasion, you’ll be able to make certain that you’ll be welcomed in any traditional automobile or construct that you simply arrive with. At Dusty Rides, I witnessed Porsche homeowners joking with stance guys, purists mingling with modified BMW homeowners, and Mopar guys speaking about Japanese vehicles with curiosity. How nice is that?!
There have been no donuts or useless revving, and nobody drove like a madman to the occasion. I feel that everybody who attended was tuned to the identical word of creating the automobile scene higher.
Throughout my lengthy drive residence, I had loads of time to consider utilizing my W140 coupé extra usually, and likewise what I may personally do to steer my native automobile group in an analogous route to what Felix and the HEIZR Membership are reaching.
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